Michael Burke/John Tilley Fund for Graduate Students

Michael Burke John Tilley Fund for Graduate Students


The Philosophy Department's Burke-Tilley fund is intended specifically for graduate students. The purpose of the fund is to help graduate students with certain costs associated with their graduate degrees or certificates, such as applying to PhD programs, attending professional conferences, and the like. The fund covers costs incurred or to be incurred during the current academic year, including the summers. The award is funded by an anonymous but generous alumnus, and is named to commemorate the donor's two most inspiring teachers: Michael Burke and John Tilley.


All graduate students who are currently enrolled in the department’s MA program or graduate certificate programs are eligible to apply. If you think you qualify for this fund, and are interested in applying, please fill out the online application, attach an unofficial transcript and submit a description of your intended project or purpose. Explain why it is important for your academic or professional development and why you need funds to support it. Please include an estimated budget along with relevant documentation (e.g. conference announcement, list of graduate schools you are applying to, etc.).

Students will also be asked to answer additional questions for the donor:

  1. What is your plan and primary interest for your graduate work in philosophy? (maximum 100 words)
  2. Is studying philosophy primarily a (very worthwhile) exercise in personal growth and enrichment, or does it actually lead to practical improvements in the everyday world? (maximum word count 250)

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